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Today’s Energy Summit is Tomorrow’s Energy Independence

November 15, 2007

Des Moines, IA – Governors from the wind-rich upper Midwest, including Iowa's Governor Culver, will be attending the first Midwestern Governor's Association "Energy Security and Climate Change Summit" in Milwaukee. Nathaniel Baer with the Iowa Environmental Council says the governors are focusing on clean energy solutions that will help our environment and economy.

"We've seen the beginning of this economic boom already in Iowa. Wind turbine manufacturers have brought nearly 1,000 new jobs and over a $100 million in capital investments to the state in just the last couple of years."

Baer says the Governors are showing real leadership in cooperating to help fight global warming.

"Under this agreement, the Midwest can go from being one of the worst contributors to global warming to a leading area that is creating the solutions."

Baer says by working towards regional shared goals, he expects to see a big increase in clean new technologies like wind, solar, biofuels, as well as greater overall energy efficiency, in the coming years.

Dick Layman/John Robinson, Public News Service - IA